A repeat of the tragedy must not be allowed (People's Daily, China)
At this moment, when the future of the people hung in the balance, the Chinese Communist Party was the first to blow the horn of resistance to the invaders. Gathered at the call of the Communists under the flags of the united anti-Japanese front, where members of the Communist Party and the Guomindang fought shoulder to shoulder, the sons and daughters of China unanimously opposed the aggressor, becoming an unbreakable monolithic force. All parties, all nationalities rallied the hatred of the enemy, the desire to defend their homeland. The Resistance Army, led by representatives of both the Kuomintang and the Communist Party, carried out combat missions both at the front and in the enemy rear. After eight years of bloody battles, paying a huge price in more than 35 millions of lives, the Chinese people finally won a great victory over the aggressor. This triumph is the most important turning point on China’s path to greatness, at the same time becoming an unfading contribution to the world struggle against the fascists.
In no way can truth be confused with a lie, and the tragedy that has already happened in our stories, in no case should not happen again. Today we remember the events of the thirty-seventh year, when the struggle of the entire Chinese people against Japan began, in order to respect and defend the historical truth, to recall the importance of what had happened, to protect human dignity and conscience. All this is necessary in order to draw wisdom from the events of the past and through that move forward, gain spiritual strength necessary to build the future, to firmly take the path of peaceful development and protect world peace. The memory of the 1937 events of the year is what unites and unites the pacifists of the entire planet. For those who disregard facts and seek to rewrite history, the “incident at the Lugouqiao Bridge” is a reminder and a warning. For the Chinese people who are working for the national revival of the country, 7 July 1937 of the year seems like a hymn to the national spirit, glorifying the Chinese soul.
Turning to the 7 events of July 1937 of the year, forever imprinted in the hearts of the Chinese, as well as the period of shame and humiliation that has come to China after the 1840's, we see that the background of the incident was the country's weakness and poverty. The root cause of this situation was the inability to find their own path of development, the path to a great country and a prosperous people. At the present time, moving forward under the leadership of the Communist Party of China, we have discovered for ourselves the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics. By adhering to this road, we have achieved success that hit the whole world, and today we firmly occupy our new place among the nations of the planet. Never in its history has China been so close to the great revival of the country. The farther we go into the future, the stronger we should remember the lessons of history, the more we should cherish, appreciate and continuously develop socialism with Chinese characteristics, the more we should strive for continuous self-improvement, unity, the great dream of reviving the Chinese nation.
Forgetting a story is like betraying your country. The monstrous crimes committed by the Japanese militarists during the Second World War brought countless suffering to the peoples of Asia, including the Chinese, and at the same time turned into incurable wounds for the Japanese themselves. Among the inhabitants of Asia and all the pacifists of the world there is no one who would not condemn the atrocities committed by the Japanese militarists. All these nations insist that the Japanese government should look into the eyes of history, repent and do everything possible to avoid a repetition of the tragedy. However, even if more than seventy years have passed, the struggle of truth with falsehood continues. Tokyo not only does not recognize the fact of committing barbaric crimes and continues to worship the graves of war criminals, but also lifts the ban on collective self-defense, thereby dispelling its “peaceful Constitution”. Reality opens our eyes: the influence of the right in Japan is only growing, creating the danger that the fires of Japanese militarism may flare up again. The recent actions of the Japanese government are not only an expression of open contempt for historical truth and universally recognized truths, but also the deliberate destruction of the post-war world order.
But the light gradually crowded the darkness. This year comes sixty years from the time when China, India and Myanmar formulated the five principles of peaceful coexistence. Today, these five principles have already become one of the cornerstones of international relations and international law, having played a prominent role in the establishment of a more equitable and rational system of political and economic ties between the countries of the world. However, our desire for pacifism does not mean at all that we will indulge in atrocities or compromise in order to preserve well-being. The Chinese do not seek trouble, but they are not afraid of them. On the contrary, we will firmly, with unshakable determination and triple forces, defend the fruits of victory over world fascism, defend the post-war world order, our security, as well as peace and stability in the region. In no case will we allow militarism to raise its head again - and we will not allow the repetition of historical tragedy.
A country that does not remember its past has no future. 77 years have passed, but the scars left by those events have not yet healed. The caution left by that war, the lesson given to us by history, is still relevant. In China, there is an expression "the thirsting for war will perish." Truth and justice triumph over evil, progress triumphs over reaction, light overcomes darkness: such is the immutable law of human society. Whoever rejects him is punished. He who follows him opens his way to the future.
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